Dwyane Wade explains how his trade last season to the Miami Heat saved his career

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When Dwyane Wade signed a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the start of last season, everyone thought the dream team of him and LeBron James from their Miami Heat days was getting back together.

However, his time in The Land didn't go to plan, as he struggled and was later demoted to a bench role. As a result, at the NBA trade deadline, Wade was traded to the Heat in exchange for a protected 2024 second-round draft pick.

Dwyane returned to the team where he had spent most of his career and it helped him save his career, as his form on the court returned to good levels.

Although he didn't start any games, his love for basketball returned.

Speaking to The Sun Sentinal, Wade explained how playing his basketball once more in Miami helped him return back to his comfort zone.

He said: “I enjoyed being around the guys. Obviously, I didn’t like the fact we lost 4-1 [to the Philadelphia 76ers] in the playoffs.

"But for me to get back to my comfort zone and show that being in the right situation with the right opportunities that I could still play this game — maybe not above the rim but play the game at a level that can help the team be successful — all those things for me were great.”

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Wade finished averaging 12 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in the regular season for the Heat, and those stats improved to 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in the playoffs.

He helped the Heat book a spot in the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season, where they were eliminated in the first round after five games by the Philadelphia 76ers.

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